Admission Requirements


To be eligible for consideration by the Vision Science Graduate Program, you must meet the minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
    • Applicants with an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited optometric program are encouraged to apply with emphasis on a chosen speciality area.
  • A satisfactory performance (C or higher) on all undergraduate prerequisites
  • Proof of English language proficiency (e.g., equivalent to TOFEL score of 550 or better) for applicants whose native language is not English

Note: Pacific University College of Optometry has established institutional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several academic programs world wide. Graduates or current students of these programs may follow the admissions criteria provided in the individual MOU at your institution. Such agreements will specify the extent to which students from that program meet the admission requirements. 


Bachelor’s (or equivalent) Degree


You must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Equivalency is determined by Vision Science Program Committee.


Individuals who are candidates for a bachelor are eligible to apply and may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion. An official transcript showing degree completion must be submitted or the admission will be withdrawn.


Undergraduate Prerequisites



English Language Proficiency Requirement


A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. All students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. This requirement applies to all applicants, including resident aliens and citizens.

Requiring valid proof of English language proficiency is a mandate of the College of Optometry. Thus, only the College can approve any exceptions.




Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

Paper-based     Computer-based Internet-based
550 overall

Minimum per section:
52 reading
52 listening
52 structure/written expression
213 overall

Minimum per section:
19 reading
18 listening
20 structure/writing
80 overall

Minimum per section:
17 reading
17 listening
14 writing
15 speaking
6.0 overall

Minimum sub-cores per section:




Invalid proof of English language proficiency

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement;
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date); or
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific;
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school;
  • Successful completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university;
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States.











(Last update: Nov/26/2013)